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Do your towels have a lingering unpleasant odor ?

If your towels have a lingering unpleasant odor, there are several steps you can take to refresh and clean them. Here's a guide on how to wash towels that smell:

  1. Pre-Treatment:

  • Baking Soda Soak:

  • Fill a bathtub or a large basin with warm water.

  • Add 1 cup of baking soda and stir to dissolve.

  • Submerge the towels and let them soak for 1-2 hours.

  • Baking soda helps neutralise odors.

  • Vinegar Soak:

  • In a separate container, mix equal parts water and white vinegar.

  • Soak the towels in this solution for 30 minutes to an hour.

  • Vinegar helps eliminate bacteria and odors.

  1. Washing Machine:

  • Hot Water Wash:

  • After the pre-treatment, transfer the towels to the washing machine.

  • Wash them in hot water with your regular detergent.

  • Hot water helps kill bacteria and remove odors.

  • Add Vinegar to the Wash:

  • During the rinse cycle, add 1 cup of white vinegar to the fabric softener dispenser.

  • This helps further eliminate any remaining odors.

  • Baking Soda Booster:

  • For an extra boost, add 1/2 cup of baking soda directly to the drum.

  1. Drying:

  • Line Dry:

  • If possible, line dry your towels in the sun. Sunlight has natural antibacterial properties and can help eliminate odors.

  • Machine Dry:

  • If using a dryer, make sure the towels are completely dry to prevent mildew.

  • Use the highest heat setting suitable for your towels.

  1. Avoid Fabric Softeners:

  • Skip using fabric softeners, as they can leave a residue on towels and reduce their absorbency.

  1. Regular Maintenance:

  • Wash Towels Promptly:

  • Avoid leaving wet towels in a pile for an extended period. Wash them promptly to prevent mildew.

  • Adequate Ventilation:

  • Ensure your bathroom is well-ventilated to reduce moisture and prevent the growth of bacteria.

  • Use Less Detergent:

  • Overusing detergent can leave a residue on towels. Use the recommended amount or slightly less.

By following these steps, you can eliminate unpleasant odors and keep your towels fresh. It's also a good practice to wash towels regularly, especially after heavy use, to maintain their cleanliness and absorbency.

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